British filmmaker Suri Krishnamma head the jury at the Munich InternationalFestival of Film Schools and run a masterclass. This marks something of a homecoming for Krishnamma, as a student at the Arts Institute of Bournemouth, presented his first short film at the then fledgling festival in Munich in 1986.
Alongside Krishnamma the international jury will feature German actress Alice Dwyer (Heute bin ich blond, 3 Zimmer/Küche/Bad), Munich-based film journalist and director of the Underdox-Festival Dunja Bialas, film expert Theo Tsappos from the Swedish Film Institute and Finnish producer Tia Kalenius, whose film So it Goes won the VFF Young Talent Award at last year’s festival.
Krishnamma is currently directing Megan’s Game, an independent feature film for release. “Suri Krishnamma is an internationally successful filmmaker and the perfect jury president for this festival,” said festival director Diana Iljine. “He illustrates the fact that film careers get their start here. If directors like Suri come back decades later, that too shows that we must be doing something right.”
Krishnamma will hold a masterclass at the Munich University for Television and Film on the theme of ‘The Outsider’. Saturday November 23rd, the festival will show two of his films: Mohammed's Daughter, which had its world premiere at the festival in 1986 and his first feature film, A Man of No Importance (1994), starring Albert Finney.
The festival runs 17- 23 November and will present 46 films by young and upcoming directors from around the world will be competing for prizes. The Munich International Festival of Film Schools was established in 1981. More than 3,500 films have been presented at the festival since its inception. This year 32 film schools from 18 nations are taking part.